I FOUND IT! by Richard Quebedeaux


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In case you ever wondered about those bumper stickers. . . Quebedeaux has done a couple of solid books about the Evangelical movement, but this one reads for the most part like pious puffery. It seems that, despite some initial prejudice against Bright and his booming organization (6500 members in 97 countries, with an annual budget approaching $42,000,000), Quebedeaux was swept off his feet when he actually saw the Campus Crusaders at work; and so, instead of analyzing the group, he promotes and praises it. He grants there are some flaws: the C.C. people, with their conservative, middle-class roots, have often neglected social justice in favor of private sanctification. They systematically deny women positions of power. Bright is an authoritarian with some dubious friends (e.g., Strom Thurmond), etcetera. But Quebedeaux is so convinced of the C.C.ers' sincerity and the depth of their commitment that he skims over these issues--in fact he gives us only the most superficial sense of them as human beings, with passions and problems like everyone else. In Blight's case (Quebedeaux simply calls him Bill) we're evidently not missing much: everything Quebedeaux says about him suggests an administrative genius with a nondescript character and a bland, homogenized theology. But in scamping his study of the thousands of people who work under Bright, and the millions who've been touched by them, Quebedeaux does the reader a disservice. Sounds like there's some rich sociological and psychological ore buried in the Campus Crusaders for Christ, but somebody else will have to go out and mine it.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1979
Publisher: Harper & Row